Battery/Starting/Charging Systems

Today's vehicles are a complex maze of interwoven electrical systems. All electrical systems, however, must have a continuous and steady source of energy.

Battery

Component/System information:

  • Provides all electrical energy necessary to start the vehicle
  • Provides reserve electrical power under heavy electrical loads

Symptoms of a malfunctioning battery:

  • No crank condition
  • Slow cranking condition (may also happen during abrupt weather changes)
  • Poor electrical accessory operation at low speeds

Battery Cables/Terminals

Component/System information:

  • Provides the electrical paths necessary to transfer battery power to all automotive electrical systems

Symptoms of a malfunctioning battery cable/terminal:

  • No crank condition
  • Slow cranking condition
  • Poor electrical accessory operation at low speeds
  • Driveability problems

Starter replacement

Component/System information:

  • An electric motor, which turns the crankshaft flywheel allowing the vehicle to start

Symptoms of a malfunctioning battery cable/terminal:

  • No crank condition
  • Slow cranking condition

Alternator/Generator

Component/System information:

  • Provides the electrical needs of the vehicle while it is running
  • Keeps battery properly charged

Symptoms of a malfunctioning alternator/generator:

  • Slow cranking condition after vehicles has been in operation
  • Vehicle's charge light remains on while in operation
  • Stalled or `dead` engine
  • Poor electrical accessory (lights, wipers, etc) operation at low speeds

Benefits of a Properly Maintained Electrical System

  • Quick starting
  • Increased starter life
  • Allows for proper alternator/generator operation
  • Proper electrical accessory operation
  • Longer battery life
  • Longer battery cable/terminal life

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